YYC dog lovers rejoice! I had the pleasure of stumbling upon a new local business called Wild Rope on Instagram! Wild Rope specializes in colourful handcrafted rope leashes and collars for dogs. I got the chance to speak with the boss babe behind this exciting up and coming biz. Introducing the lovely Jenny Ballance. Follow along to learn more about her business and her inspiration behind her beautiful collars and leashes.
BARK: Tell us about yourself and how Wild Rope started. What is your inspiration behind your business?
JB: My name is Jenny Ballance, I am 28 years old and currently reside here in YYC! I grew up just outside of the city in a small town called Millarville. My love for animals has always been real, especially living on an acreage where I had horses, chickens, and of course, many cats and dogs! I can admit that I am guilty for always wanting the cutest stuff for my pets! I had my eye on rope leashes for a while, and one day I decided to learn to make my own! I did many hours of research, found out what I liked and disliked, and learned how to "splice" and "whip" rope. I have enjoyed the learning process and hope this is just the beginning!
BARK: Tell us more about your products! Your rope leashes and collars are so beautiful, how much time goes into creating each handcrafted leash/collar?
JB: Each leash/collar is made with 100% cotton 3 strand rope, hemp cord, and brass or nickel plated trigger snaps. The rope is spliced then whipped, a traditional nautical technique which maintains the strength of the rope. Each and every leash/collar is slightly unique due to the hand dying process which I do one at a time. I spend a good hour on each product to make sure its just right.
BARK: Your logo is so unique. Is there a story behind it?
JB: Well, the name Wild Rope came from Wild Rose, like the native Alberta flower. My logo was inspired by my love for simplicity and symbols of the "wild" like arrows!
BARK: Where can your products be purchased?
JB: As of right now, I am taking orders through my email firstname.lastname@example.org, you can check out @wildrope on Instagram for pictures of all the products and options available. Coming very soon is my Etsy store!
BARK: You also have an adorable sighthound, Wylee. How old is she and what you love about her?
JB: Wylee is our gorgeous 10 month old Whippet! Wylee brings SO much joy to our lives, her crazy yet loving personality makes everyday a great day. She is so full of character and spunk, always making us laugh. Wylee's favourite hobbies are running as fast as she can and sleeping. I have never met such an athletic couch potato! Wylee is also Wild Rope's number one model, she loves her light blue rope leash!
BARK: What are your favourite things to do in and around YYC with Wylee?
JB: If we aren't checking out the local YYC dog parks, we are usually checking out the local eats in this awesome city! Canmore is also a favourite spot, their dog park is unreal!